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ABOUT THE LAND
The property is 80 acres of fertile bottom land in the Inonoaklin Valley, near the small community of Edgewood, BC. Edgewood is located just over an hour from Nakusp, across the Needles Ferry, and 2 hours from Vernon, both with local Farmer’s Markets.
Much of the land is forested or pasture, with about 6 acres of rich cultivated gardens. The farm has been in operation there for 20 years, building up a successful market garden business. Their focus is on storage root crops such as carrots, potatoes, cabbage, garlic etc, that grow well in the cool wet climate of the Kootenays.
There are two creeks on the property, one currently developed for irrigation, drinking water and micro-hydro. Much of the pasture and gardens are fenced, but maintenance and new fencing is needed yearly. The farm has a small cattle herd, and draft horses as their main cultivation power source. They have always used organic practices; the land is not currently certified organic, but they are seeking re-certification.
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
The land owners are seeking long-term partners to share the land and farm cooperatively with. Ideally they would like another family to build their own home on the property and work as part of the existing business, and/or to start their own land-based venture. New farmers can make income initially by working closely with us as part of our market garden, expanding and diversifying production, and selling through different markets independently.
There are plenty of unfilled potential niches on the farm, such as establishing more perennial crops like tree fruit, nuts and berries; raising small livestock such as poultry, sheep or pigs; or growing niche products such as flowers, medicinal herbs, mushrooms, seeds, bedding plants; or processing value added food products. Bring your own dreams and vision to the land and you will receive support making them reality.
There is no extra housing on site currently; it is recommended that new farmers bring their own short term shelter, such a travel trailer, and be prepared with skills and capital to eventually build their own sustainable home and power system. They can offer mentoring on farming techniques, starting a business, and accessing markets in this region.
This opportunity is for people with significant experience in farming already and some saved capital for creating their own infrastructure and projects.
People interested with little experience, capital, or plans are welcome to apply for a seasonal apprenticeship:
See their Facebook page for more information on the farm: https://www.facebook.com/intentionalpeasants/
GET IN TOUCH
This land opportunity is a participant in the B.C. Land Matching Program. If you are interested in this land opportunity, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the UMAP listing at: https://maps.youngagrarians.org/locations/56022-Farm-Sharing-near-Edgewood-BC
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The B.C. Land Matching Program is funded in the Columbia Basin by the Province of British Columbia, with support from Columbia Basin Trust and the Real Estate Foundation of BC.